Last week, my friend CoCo brought me delicious fresh veggies from her Nanny’s garden. I have a plethora of cucumbers and decided I would make some green smoothies! Here is my new delicious concoction:
Spinach&Cucumber Green Smoothie
- 1 cup packed spinach
- 1/2 cup diced peeled cucumber
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup almond milk, vanilla unsweetened
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- handful of ice cubes
I also tried this new workout I found from the Tone It Up girls. It is a treadmill workout and I swear it gets you nice and sweaty!
Its a bad picture, but you can google it!
Let’s be honest, Sometimes you just need sprinkles to start your day. I decided this morning I would make some cake batter tasting buttermilk pancakes and they turned out absolutely satisfying and fun!
Tenda Bake No Sugar Added Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Almond Milk, Vanilla Unsweetened
The delish Ingredients
Since I was making a single serving I mixed 1/2 of the pancake mix, 1/3 cup almond milk, 1/2 tsp butter extract and a dash of sprinkles in small bowl. Heat skillet and cook (This made two larger pancakes)
I added a few extra sprinkles as one side cooked.
Once golden brown, remove from heat. I topped mine with 2 tbsp of fat free cool whip and sugar free, fat free syrup!
The final product.
They were a perfect start to my morning with a large cup of iced coffee! Happy Saturday everyone!
I have to start by honestly saying I cannot take credit for this recipe at all! I found it on the web from the Free Spirit Eater website! On that note, it was simply delicious and easy! I put the ingredients into Myfitnesspal.com which calculated the cakes to be ~91 calories a cake. Here is the recipe… enjoy!
- Betty Crocker Yellow Butter Cake Mix
- 1/2 tsp butter extract
- 12 ounces club soda
- 2 egg whites
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp vanilla almond milk
Preheat oven to 350. Mix dry cake mix, eggs, butter extract and club soda in mixer until batter is light and fluffy.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in small bowl and set aside.
Line cupcake pans. This recipe will make 24 total. Add 1 tbsp cake batter followed by 1/2 tsp brown sugar mix. Use fork to swirl sugar into cake mix. Repeat another layer of swirl (1tbsp cake batter, 1/2 tsp brown sugar mix) in each cake tin. Bake ~12 minutes.
While cakes are in oven. Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk in small bowl. Once cakes are cooled drizzle glaze on top and enjoy!
These suckers could be enjoyed as a dessert or even with a cup of joe in the morning for breakfast! Happy Saturday y’all, hope you enjoy a great weekend!
I figured I would share what my sunday meal prep sessions usually look like, although its usually different every week! I normally do it at night but was up early this AM and knocked it out of the way:)
Breakfast: I made 4 jars of protein overnight oats. I know on Tuesday I will make a smoothie breakfast with my workout girls Allie and Kelly after our morning session. For the oats: 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup almond milk, protein powder. Two I made with Raw Garden of Life Chocolate protein powder and two I made with Gold Standard Vanilla Whey. I made one of the vanilla ones with cinnamon added and one with a tsp of Better’n PB! YUM
For snacks this week I have my quest bars (I have chocolate chip and cookies and cream right now) disclaimer: these bars are really expensive so I don’t always have them on hand and then baggies of my almond and craisins mix!
For lunch, I cooked some summer yellow squash on the stove top, baked sliced sweet potatoes at 400 until bright orange and then baked 4 chicken breasts that had been marinated in italian seasoning dressing overnight. Each of my lunch containers have 1 cup of the squash, 3 ounces chicken breast, and ~1/2 cup sweet potato rounds. On the side for each day I have a container of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I usually dip these in a container of Dannon Light&Fit Greek Yogurt!
For dinner I will make a salad at night. I have fixings like onions, green peppers, avocado and some sort of protein!
Hope y’all have a wonderful Sunday!
On my grocery trip this weekend I found a gorgeously delicious 2.5 lb container of local blueberries and of course could not resist the urge to make it mine. After discussion with my coworkers Allie and Kelly we decided that I would make a cobbler for them to eat after a long run (both are training for marathons in the fall…get it girls!). Kel sent me a skinnified recipe and I edited it based on ingredients that we had! It turned out simply delicious. Here it is:
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 large gala apple, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 cup oats
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour ( I use King Arthurs)
- 1/3 cup light brown sugar
- 1/8 cup unsalted butter, melted
Preheat oven to 400. In mixing bowl add blueberries, apple, cinnamon, lemon juice, 2 tbsp flour and honey. Mix well and lay in pan. I used my heart shaped pan but a 9×9 would do!
In small bowl mix flour, oats and brown sugar. Melt butter and mix in thoroughly. Layer on top of blueberry mixture and bake ~40 minutes or until gooey. Allow to cool then enjoy! Happy Hump day everyone!
And I also bought a beautiful bouquet of yellow tulips!
I took a long hiatus, truly not on purpose but because after Italy I was in a minor car accident (my poor Adele was badly hurt, but now fixed), watched my baby sister graduate from college, helped her pack up her NY townhouse to move back to DC, took my Certified Brain Injury Specialist exam and then moved myself. Yikes. I wish I could say I handled all that gracefully but honestly I was worn down from only 5-6 hours of sleep a night and being a “worrier”.
In the past two days I have truly created a sanctuary in my new apartment and could not be happier! I also discovered the calming effects of lavender. Throughout all this stress, I remembered my friend Kristen at Duke telling me to dab lavender oil onto my pillows to help calm me for sleep and remembered the scene in my favorite “Its Complicated” movie where the main character makes and eats lavender ice cream when she cannot sleep. While I did not do either of these things, I did buy Aveeno stress relief lotion with a hint of lavender in it. The smell is truly calming (or maybe I am just crazy?!) and puts me at ease. For now, this and a large cup of green tea will be my go to. I found this awesome site with the many uses of lavender. Let me know what you think, do you use it?
Here are a few pics from the past few weeks! Happy Monday!